ACM | Music

Our music program is designed to give students a broad understanding of music.

The music program offers exciting possibilities for students to learn the foundations of musical performance as well as histories of global music cultures and traditions, philosophies of music, experimental and contemporary art and media practices, and the role of music and art in democracy, community engagement, and social justice. Because of the unique backgrounds and collaborative approach of our academic and world-renowned performance faculty, the music program at RU-N is positioned at the cutting edge of contemporary music studies. We train our students to think in interdisciplinary ways and to learn how music and art can inform and enhance work in diverse marketplaces and industries.

Performance and research opportunities open to music students include Express Newark, a campus-community incubator for artist engagement and public scholarship; the Rutgers Chorus, which performs globally and has produced multiple recorded albums; and the Institute of Jazz Studies, the world’s foremost jazz archives and research library.

To declare your major or minor in Music, please contact Professor Kate Doyle, area coordinator at

Accordion Content

  • Music History Courses (9 Credits)

    • 21:087:101  Introduction to Music (3) (Semester I)

    • 21:087:237  Survey of Western Music To 1750 (3) (Semester III) FALL, bi-annual

    • 21:087:238  Survey of Western Music Since 1750 (3) (Semester IV) SPRING, bi-annual

    Music Theory & Musicianship Courses (15 Credits)

    • 21:087:121  Music Theory I (3) (Semester I)

    • 21:087:122  Music Theory II (3) (Semester II)

    • 21:087:224  Applied Musicianship (3) (Semester III)

    • 21:087:235  Advanced Studies in Music Theory 435 (3) (Semester III)

    • 21:087:236  Advanced Studies in Music Theory 436 (3) (Semester IV)

    Elective Music Courses(3 Credits, selected from among the following; this class can also count toward the ACM Departmental Core requirements)

    •21:087:135  Music and Film (3) (Semester II)

    •21:087:280  World Music (3) (Semester II)

    • 21:087:201 Music Culture & Technology (3) (Semester II)

    • 21:087:265  Jazz (3) (Semester II)

    • 21:087: 2xx  Elective courses, topics vary (3)

    Applied Music Courses (6 credits)

    Private study in voice, piano, or guitar. (1 credit, taken each semester) or take Chorus (2)

    Arts, Culture and Media Core Requirements (6 credits)

    • 21:083:101  Introduction to Arts, Culture, and Media (3) (Semester I)

    • 21:083:301  Colloquium in Arts, Culture, and Media (3) or 21:083:401 Seminar in Arts, Culture, and Media (3) (Semester IV) 

  • Music History Courses (6)

    • 21:087:101  Introduction to Music

     One class selected from:

    • 21:087:280  World Music (3)
    • 21:087:265  Jazz (3)
    • 21:087: 2xx Elective courses, topics vary (3)
    • 21:087:237  Survey of Western Music To 1750 (3)   FALL, bi-annual
    • 21:087:238  Survey of Western Music Since 1750 (3)   SPRING, bi-annual

    Music Theory Courses (6 credits)

    • 21:087:121  Music Theory I (3)   FALL
    • 21:087:122  Music Theory II (3)   SPRING

    Applied Music Courses (6 credits)

    • Any combination of private lessons - Piano, Voice, or Guitar Lessons (1 credit per semester) or Chorus (2)
    • 21:087:224  Applied Musicianship (3)
  • The music program curriculum is designed to give students a broad understanding of music. It consists of four components: the music theory sequence, courses in music history, applied music, and the ACM core course requirement. The theory sequence gives students a foundation in music analysis and composition. The history courses provide students with a historical and stylistic background in music from different periods and cultures. Applied music, which includes private lessons and/or Chorus, helps students express themselves musically through vocal and/or instrumental performance. Classroom studies in applied musicianship are designed to further their skills of musicianship. The ACM core course requirement integrates students' understanding of music with a broader knowledge of the arts. The curriculum includes all types of music including classical, jazz, and world music. An academic background of this kind prepares students for careers in teaching, performing, and music technology, as well as related post baccalaureate studies